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PHOTOGRAPHY: Walking around Bangkok

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A boy playing in front of a local temple.

There were many small Wats (temples) around Bangkok, and the empty parking lot here became a gathering spot for women and a playground for kids.

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Father and Son

As I was walking around this small town, I saw him many times going back and forth the same roads he’d ridden before. I think he was taking his little son around the neighbourhood.

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An alleyway in Bangkok

I peaked inside open doors and windows whenever I walked through these narrow alleyways. Kitchen utensils, TV, stationaries, clothes.. Everything you’d need in a household would be piled up in every corner of these rooms, as if the whole family was living in one room. They would always be completely dark, without any electric lights.

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A young monk

Many young boys in orange could be seen in and around this beautiful white building. Sort of a monk-school, perhaps.

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Day 1. 1 October 2015. Bangkok, Thailand

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Photography: Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is on the top list of all must-do’s in Bangkok. The famous Buddha is 46 meters long and is covered in golden leaf.

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The complex also houses one of the most well known Thai Massage training schools. You can read more about getting a massage in Wat Pho here.

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The complex also boasts the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand and is the country’s earliest centre for public education.

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The Reclining Buddha’s iconic position represents the historic Buddha during his last illness, about to enter the parinirvana. The soles of the Buddha’s feet are inlaid with mother of pearl in 108 segments, showing in great detail the 108 characteristics of the Buddha. But this part was closed for viewing due to construction work.

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Clang clang clang. Softened bell-like sounds ring constantly the moment we enter the chapel that houses the largest Buddha statue in Thailand. It’s the sound of visitors dropping coins into 108 bronze bowls in the corridor behind the Buddha, an action believed to bring good fortune.

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Day 1. 1 October 2015. Bangkok, Thailand.

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